Plastic Utopia

by Japan Soul

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Jason Paul / Japan Soul Art-funk, sophisti-pop and new wave rolled into a heady, provocative and deliciously listenable sonic package. Favorite track: Nosara.
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1.
03:45
they try to get you to believe them deceive and justify their means end they will manage your confusion they want you selfish fat and foolin while you were lookin for the reason readin thinkin about leavin you know the grass is always greener but you stay and cry for freedom they say defeated we don't believe it War national crisis the plebeian rises War they tried to tell you it was easy they want you beggin on your knees yeah dialectic history yeah take the money kill the people out of time we need a vision another lover on a mission feel another revolution here on the edge of evolution they say defeated we don't believe it war national crisis the plebeian rises war oh you're so high following lights what can you see? do you still dream? they say defeated we don't believe it war national crisis the plebeian rises war
2.
plastic utopia social myopia human touch replaced by avatars getting older and I'm getting scared I still want to believe that you want to be with me running circles on the wheel of life we try to be bold 'cause we wanna be free (yeah, yeah, oh whaa ahh) I try to listen but I can't hear what the people say can we all wake up from a decade that's been taken away don't understand why we throw words into the void we built an ancient civilization with no artifacts no artifacts just want to feel alive can you roll the windows down? getting closer almost out of time future's present lookin at the past you can't run from the sun but you hide from everyone revolution says it's time to go can you move fast will you change with the scene? (ooh yeaheaheah, owha aaaah) plastic utopia resources running out where you gonna be when the empire comes crashin crashin crashin down? I try to make it but the system that they made was fake just want to wake up in a city with much lower stakes rise up rise up... Rise up Rise up Rise up
3.
(you feelin that?) god forsaken (just show me your) human nature (they talkin bout) condemnation (we laughin at) bad behavior (listen to the sound) we can't stop now (I ain't judgin you) we're just playin (keep movin on) transformation (no lookin back) from the beginning yeah and on and on and on it don't stop now the fire's in the air comet's crash but the people last in a day nobody cares secret pop where the beat don't drop silent rhythm we obey people dream of a better scheme where the night returns to day yeah and on and on it goes the fear the fight the fall and on and on it goes the fear the fight cause something's going on god forsaken human nature condemnation bad behavior we can't stop now we're just playin transformation from the beginning yeah something's going on yeah something's going on yeah something's going on yeah something's going on and on and on it goes the fear the fight... yeah something's going on yeah something's going on yeah something's going on yeah something's going on just show me your... they talkin bout... we laughin at... listen to the sound
4.
03:52
soldiers marchin off to war what are they fighting for? all the bickering at home? freedom reduced to a word to buy and sell you for political games from the fields of Afghanistan to the halls of the Vatican they are tryin to control women tentacles of millenium abuse of privilege the communal mirage they embrace an ancient faith they afraid of the rational truth tell me it's over lalala, lalalaland tell me it's over culture war across the land but I don't understand what's fair and true seems clear timing the writing's on the wall the old guard will fall incendiary scrawl disguised as gentlemen immune to poison we formed a battalion of the lost generation we fought 'till all was lost they tallied up the cost fortress of indifference empire on a house of cards tell me it's over lalala, lalalaland living in lalalaland we don't understand we don't understand living in lalalaland of self deception self deception living in lalalaland shake off your chains shake off your chains tell me it's over lalala, lalalaland
5.
03:16
she likes to party she likes to run around she's spinnin stories she'll tell you up is down it's transparent transparent he's your big brother he entered willingly they asked for secrets he gave them all for free it's transparent transparent if you can read between the lines you'll find distortions and lies architects of our own demise we're all ambient spies she took some photos they got all around town she can't erase them look what her mother found it's transparent transparent he can't believe it his identity stolen became a virus infected everyone it's transparent transparent if you can read between the lines you'll find distortions and lies architects of our own demise we're all ambient spies chasing the ego's vanity they built monopolies pro-POP-aganda of the free sold you transparency we've made enough mistakes but there ain't no breaks on this train we're goin off the rails a generation fails transparent boys and girls transparent boys and girls
6.
some nights I lay awake and contemplate these times oh these times the state of things seems so precarious I should fight well I might with you by my side we we can weather these storms hold on to me tonight we can push back this tide we will fight them with love we will fight them with love we beg for peace but all they have to give us is war well no more they take their orders from spirits in books of old well no more but you you see right through understanding alone we realize the dark truth build a fortress of home we will fight them with love we will fight them with love screaming in a crowded room nobody turns around I think I'm falling heaven won't help you now when I knew that she was for me your inner peace humanist sanctuary of dreams oh my dreams fulfill your fantasy your freedom ride with me to the see for we we see right through we can't help falling in love we realize the dark truth understanding alone we will fight them with love we will fight them with love
7.
04:47
sometimes it almost feels like the time away was never real recall the mountain trail with the helicopters overhead we spent a year dreamin up ways that we could disclocate when we finally woke up we were gone and in a different place it was a year when we moved so fast it felt like days something's changed forever never I say.. Hey Yah Hey (Hey Yah Hey) Hey Yah Hey (Hey Yah Hey) rewind we're right back here with a fever to depart again outside on tiny islands floating on the current miles and miles we spent a year dreamin up ways that we could disclocate when we finally woke up we were gone and in a different place it was a year when we moved so fast it felt like days something's changed forever never I say.. Hey Yah Hey (Hey Yah Hey) Hey Yah Hey (Hey Yah Hey) make some noises raise your voice lift your tired hands
8.
04:14
brother's and sisters do you care about each other? walking across black sand are you misled do you pretend? senseless and suffering in a prison of the mind looking for promised land but there's no one holding your hand but I cannot pull myself away ghost of summer's day no I cannot pull myself away from this cloudy haze we stood atop the sand dunes we promised we would cross the shining sea we made a play for freedom like two lovers in a dream we hide in shanghai last stand on the island of blinding lights we hide in shanghai give me a reason to stay alley's of broken dreams wounded spirits lost in time underneath new buildings souls forgotten millions past reveling through the night we are bathed in neon lights running where history creeps when the ancient city sleeps but I cannot pull myself away ghost of summer's day no I cannot pull myself away from this cloudy haze we stood atop the sand dunes we promised we would cross the shining sea we made a play for freedom like two lovers in a dream we hide in shanghai last stand on the island of blinding lights we hide in shanghai give me a reason to stay
9.
young lions of the world the kings of the absurd we once worshipped the sun but fell and couldn't run we travel in a dream to end all history across a broken land we're back where we began one more night one more night one more night one more night to come together nothing ever lasts forever don't look back as Olympus falls we cannot repeat the past against the setting sun we hide from everyone the dawning of the age your thrilling lighted face swept away in waves we hope for future days ideas that move to fast these dreams are meant to last one more night one more night one more night one more night to come together nothing ever lasts forever don't look back as Olympus falls we cannot repeat the past one more night to be with you we journey to our rendezvous to find our place we are running through the night hand in hand through space and time we find our way one more night one more night one more night one more night to come together nothing ever lasts forever don't look back as Olympus falls we cannot repeat the past we cannot repeat the past
10.
05:08
we were gazing at the starry sky it was warm beneath the pale moonlight seeing colors of a distant storm breeze of tropic comfort song strangers meet become lovers chance encounter of the troubadour sharing knowledge understanding things years of pleasure golden scenes Nosara Nosara evening tides freshly contoured in the jungle ocean paradise under cover of the pure midnight nature's spirits create dreams the shore aglow with specs of fire floating lanterns reach the sky celebrate endings and new returns traverse the night with naked eyes Nosara Nosara clearest sunset on the crystal see the vulture stares over canopy your dress is so light and your eyes are so bright two beautiful scenes as we begin the night Nosara Nosara...

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Japan Soul’s Plastic Utopia LP, is an artful protest of the times. “The album is mostly a compendium of my thoughts on these troubled times,” says Jason Paul. “The conceptual premise of Plastic Utopia is that we have slipped into an apocalyptic alternate universe caused by a rift in time that began around the year 2000. 911, Iraq, the great recession, accelerated climate catastrophe…it feels like in the 90s we were on course to avoid all these terrible calamities. Things are no longer as they should be. On Plastic Utopia, Japan Soul gives voice to the artistic resistance of this dystopian world. The songs are like landscape vignettes of this moment in history. Time seems to move backwards and forwards and I think our eclectic pop reflects that. The songs are designed to be sticky, cloaked in irresistible hooks, so a listener can simply enjoy, dance and sing along to this album. Maybe it's a bit of a trojan horse, where a deceptively a catchy hook reveals a hard truth. Even for those who don't pay attention to lyrics there's an emotionality, a euphoria, that will make these songs memorable for anyone.”

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released April 29, 2014

Plastic Utopia was produced by Jason Paul, David Rozner and DaVe Lipp. Mixing by Craig Levy, David Rozner and Mike Ryan.
Cover painting by Eva Orzech.

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Japan Soul Brooklyn, New York

Constantly evolving, Japan Soul draws on styles as diverse as art rock, sophisti-pop, electronic dance music and funk to create euphoric music.

Japan Soul is the music collective of Jason Paul—vocals, guitars, bass, programming, DaVe Lipp—saxophones, bass, guitar and eclectic instruments, Matt McMurry—keys, synth and programming and Tyler Graham—drums and percussion.
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